Merchant Link Integrates TransactionVault™ Tokenization Solution into SpaSoft Solution for Spas and Resorts Nationwide

Tokenization offers added layer of security to spa management software while reducing PCI scope

Sep 26, 2011, 09:00 ET from Merchant Link

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Merchant Link, a leading provider of payment gateway and data security solutions, today announced that its TransactionVault™ tokenization solution now fully integrates with industry leading spa and activity management software SpaSoft, providing an extra layer of payment security -- while helping meet PCI compliance requirements -- for spas and resorts.

Offered by PAR Springer-Miller, SpaSoft is a management and scheduling software solution for spas and resorts that now integrates with Merchant Link's next-generation tokenization solution, which removes customer credit card data where it would be at risk from hackers. The data is instead stored in Merchant Link's hosted vault. The combined solution helps reduce resorts, spas and health clubs Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) scope.

JC Resorts, a leader in the management and operation of premium golf and resort properties, has selected and is piloting the combined solution.  Having installed SpaSoft with TransactionVault in two of their largest properties in San Diego and Laguna Beach, JC Resorts now has a higher level of confidence in the security of their financial transaction data.

"We are always looking for solutions that will help us best manage our business while also ensuring that all of our transactions are fully secure," said Diane Li, Chief Information Director, JC Resorts. "In addition, meeting current PCI compliance requirements can be very challenging. The new integration between SpaSoft and TransactionVault will allow us to be compliant and have the peace of mind knowing that we are ultimately protecting our guests."

Since 2006, SpaSoft has interfaced with Merchant Link's payment gateway solution and the integration with TransactionVault reinforces PAR Spring-Miller's commitment to providing data security and PCI compliance solutions to its customers and users.  SpaSoft is currently in use in more than 900 locations.

"Providing tokenization with TransactionVault enhances the SpaSoft complete spa management solution. Our clients appreciate our system which is both feature-rich and fully secure when it comes to processing debit and credit card transactions," said Victor Vesnaver, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, PAR Springer-Miller Systems.  "Unfortunately, data breaches in the hospitality sector are on the rise and this new integration allows resort and spa operators to protect their guests from having their card information compromised."

The PCI Security Standards Council recently released its tokenization guidance, which aims to provide greater clarity about how tokenization solutions relate to PCI DSS and impact compliance. In addition, the TransactionVault solution has been proven to significantly reduce merchants' PCI DSS scope, according to an independent security assessment released by Coalfire Systems.

"Hospitality providers are constantly facing the threat of nefarious hackers who are very persistent in their efforts to obtain guest's vital information," said Dan Lane, President and CEO of Merchant Link.  "By integrating TransactionVault into SpaSoft, we are offering hospitality providers the most comprehensive line of defense against cyber criminals."

About SpaSoft and PAR Springer-Miller Systems

An industry-standard for more than 10 years, SpaSoft is a fully integrated, dynamic activities management/scheduling software solution, specifically designed to meet the unique needs of resorts, day spas, medi-spas and health clubs. SpaSoft's integrated offering includes resource management, club membership, group management, inventory management, point-of-sale, yield management, loyalty program, user-defined and standardized reporting, as well as client management and history.

SpaSoft is one of the many products offered by PAR Systems-Miller Systems Inc, the leading provider of hospitality management solutions. The extensive product line offered by PSMS meets the technology needs of all types of hospitality enterprises including city-center hotels, destination spa and golf properties, timeshare properties and casino resorts worldwide. For more information on SpaSoft or PAR Springer-Miller Systems, visit our website at www.spasoft.com.

About Merchant Link

Merchant Link is a leading provider of cloud-based payment gateway and data security solutions, removing the risk and hassle from credit card acceptance for more than 150,000 hotel, restaurant and retailers. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., Merchant Link currently enables more than 3 billion transactions annually for some of the world's best-known merchants, providing connectivity to the major U.S. payment card processors. TransactionVault™, our tokenization solution, and TransactionShield™, our point-to-point encryption solution, mitigate the risk of a data compromise while lowering the cost and effort of PCI compliance. Further information is available at www.merchantlink.com. For our expert opinion on encryption, tokenization and PCI compliance, visit our blog at www.merchantlinksecuritycents.com.

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